This past weekend, the Columbus Day holiday, 22 News in Springfield, MA, did a story about people coming to Northampton to ride the rail trails with their families. The video has great shots of the beautiful day and of the bridge over the Connecticut River. I encourage you to view it.
Yes, building the trails can get people here to spend the day, and some money.
I found it interesting that one of the people interviewed was from Belchertown, which voted down expanding the rail trail through their town just a few years ago.
Build the trails people, they can bring a lot of good to your town.